Academic conferences offer students an important opportunity to share their work with others, receive valuable feedback, engage in important networking activities and gain valuable experience to highlight on a resume. The OUR strongly encourages all undergraduates who are in a position to present their work to do so at the UI Undergraduate Research Symposium and if possible at professional conference.
University, State and National Symposia
The Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR), the first of its kind in the state of Idaho, is a celebration showcasing the leading edge of undergraduate research in all disciplines. Undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines from across the state gather to present their research to their peers, educators and the public. ICUR is an annual, two-day conference held at the end of July in Boise, ID.
The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) promotes undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education. Through this three-day annual conference, NCUR celebrates and promotes undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship. NCUR provides access to the conference to under-represented students and assists in the development of networks and support structures among those students. For more information, visit the NCUR website.
Departmental, Program and College Symposia
Undergraduate students with a declared major in the College of Science and graduate students participating in research supervised by a College of Science faculty member have the opportunity to present their work in poster format at the annual Student Research Exposition, held in November.
The annual Engineering Design Expo showcases senior capstone projects, and is the Northwest’s longest-running, interdisciplinary initiative featuring student innovations. Students of all ages are invited to see what UI students have researched and created. Held in April.
Undergraduates who participate in summer, NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs at UI present their research at an end-of-program student research symposium during the first week of August.